Vlog on the Pitch — Ramos on the ropes at Spurs

October 3, 2008

It’s not easy being a Spurs fan at the moment and if the team suffer another bad result against Hull City on Sunday it’s going to be an uncomfortable international break for Juande Ramos.


Owen Wyatt is joined by Vlog on the Pitch regular Jon Bramley and Mike Davidson to discuss the underlying reasons for the team’s disappointing start to the season. They also take a glance over to Germany, where a Hamburg side coached by Martin Jol — remember him? — are currently top of the league.

So what is the main problem? Is it a lack of quality in the squad? And if so, is that the fault of Ramos or other, more powerful, figures at the club? Is it really time to make a change ?

Give us your thoughts in the comments or feel free to give us a link to a Vlog of your own on the subject. If we like the video, we’ll find a home for it here.

My own feeling is that this is still too early in the season to condemn a manager, even if they have been looking like “a half-hearted express train leading off into nowhere land”, to quote Tottenham Hotspur Blog News. Ramos’s Sevilla were such a thrill to watch that surely it’s worth persevering a little longer, even though, as Owen says, perhaps Spurs could do with signing the coach’s old boss Monchi as well.


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Posted by Vlog on the Pitch — Ramos on the ropes at Spurs : Soccer News | Report as abusive

Above all else, the clubs summer transfer activity is at the root cause of almost everything that is going wrong right now. Ramos made it clear over the summer, on a number of occasions, that he was more concerned about having a settled to squad to prepare for pre season than he was about bringing in star players. Its impossible to know who was responsible for the absolutely mind boggling logic in selling the best strikeforce in the Premiership without having lined up replacements, deciding to sell key experienced Premiership performers – Malbranque, Tainio etc – and replacinh them with inexperienced trophy signings and going out and lumping 17 million on players in positions that didnt need filling – as they do every summer – when there remains a gaping hole in midfield where an experienced, commanding holding player shoul be. Ramos has made mistakes, grante, but I defy anyone to have succeeded under these circumstances.

Posted by Lee Watson | Report as abusive

As a Spurs Long suffering fan,man and boy,I have become so disolusioned.I for one agree with Alan Suger that we have become the top fours reserve team. If we get a good player woosh he,s gone.The premier league might just as well consist of 4 maybe 5 clubs. As far as i am concerned the game is being ruined by greed their is no loyalty any more,I must speak for the fans who pay good money week after week who support their clubs knowing they havent got a chance of winning anything.We all live in hope.

Posted by Peter Davey | Report as abusive

Thanks for your comments guys. I agree with you both on this. I think that any manager would struggle to pull things together having watched his best players leave without replacements lined up. I also saw the interview with Alan Sugar on the BBC and what stood out for me was the section when he talked about how Jol was putting thing in place to allow Spurs to develop into a top side players like Berbatov and Keane were key to this. Now they have gone and been replaced with the likes of Dos Santos who is by no means ready to do the business in the Premier League.

Anyway thanks for the comments!


Posted by Owen | Report as abusive